Call for Papers  

  Special Issue on Healthcare Workflows and Services

International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management (IJBPIM)



As the Information Technology (IT) continues its march toward becoming the primary mode of information dissemination and sharing, it is becoming clear that the promised changes in healthcare will only be possible with judicious exploitation of the Healthcare IT and the recent advances in biomedicine. Devices and services are taking on increasingly vital roles in reducing errors, inefficiencies and cost. Scientific and clinical workflows and services, bio-sensors, along with interoperability of systems have brought seamless care into the realm of possible. IT has started making a noticeable impact in Healthcare. Bold initiatives such as Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN),, and Health Information Exchanges are ushering in an era in which it is more prudent to create applications by composing them from pre-existing services rather than building them from scratch. Many governments are not just encouraging but pushing the providers of technology and healthcare to make sharing of health data a reality.  The federal dollars and language are urging healthcare providers and system vendors to think in terms of data sharing. The new care and payment models currently being introduced are setting up a stage where only by collaboration and sharing of data will the healthcare organizations hope to be profitable.


As a consequence, the field of Healthcare IT is abuzz with the need for integration, data interoperability and workflow processes. Healthcare workflows and services provide a set of technologies and standards that will enable such collaborative healthcare possible. The workflows and services will exploit ontologies and markups to enable utilization of distributed healthcare information resources to create such collaborative environments. The goal of this special issue is to elicit contributions that present critical challenges, requirements, and issues, and solutions related to healthcare workflows and services. This collection of manuscripts will discuss key aspects in the development of a broad range of novel and innovative healthcare workflows and services technologies. Particular emphasis will be on examples where innovative solutions have resulted in healthcare workflows and services that have impacted the quality of care, prevented errors, reduced costs, decreased paperwork, and resulted in improved health of the general population.

List of topics

·        Healthcare workflows and services provenance management

·        Healthcare workflows and services provenance analytics

·        Healthcare workflow and services knowledge management and curation

·        Tools and systems for authoring and managing healthcare workflows and services

·        Healthcare workflows data, metadata, service, and task management

·        Healthcare workflows and services architectures, models, and languages

·        Web service, Grid, or Cloud-based healthcare workflows and services

·        Ontology and semantics in healthcare workflows

·        Healthcare workflows and services composition

·        Protection of individual privacy for aggregate anonymous data, security and privacy policies in healthcare workflows and services

·        Service-oriented Architecture approaches to healthcare workflows based healthcare/biomedical informatics   

·        Interoperability issues in healthcare workflows

·        Data integration and service integration in healthcare workflows

·        Healthcare workflow and services mapping, optimization, and scheduling

·        Healthcare workflow and services modeling, verification, and validation

·        Scalability, reliability, extensibility, agility, virtualization, and interoperability of Healthcare workflows and services   

·        Tools to assess the impact of interventions on quality and cost effectiveness in healthcare workflows and services

·        Mobile technologies in healthcare workflows and services

·        Artificial intelligence technologies to support complex decision making in healthcare workflows and services

·        Case studies and reports on implementation of healthcare workflows and services


Important dates

·        February 1, 2013, submission due

·        April1, 2013, notification

·        June 1, 2013, final manuscript due

·        Oct/Dec issue, 2013, tentative publication date


Paper submission

Authors are invited to submit full papers to this special issue. While at the submission stage, there is no limit on pages and format, final accepted papers are expected to be in Microsoft word format within 14 pages using the format here.  Papers should be submitted to with the subject of IJBPIM special issue on Healthcare Workflows and Services.


Guest editors

·        Shiyong Lu, Wayne State University, U.S.A., Email:

·        Ching-seh Wu, Oakland University, U.S.A., Email:

·        Hemant Shah, Henry Ford Healthcare Systems, U.S.A., Email: